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Tip Tuesday- Disney Dining Do’s

20 Aug

IMG_1020Last week, I talked about the Top Ten Don’ts of the Disney Dining Plan. Now, I’ll discuss the Top Ten Do’s of the Dining Plan. I can name at least a hundred , but I will just limit it to ten.  Just to refresh, the dining plan is a prepaid meal service that Disney offers, sometimes even for free. There are different tiers to the plan. You can read about them in previous posts.

Now on to the Top Ten:

  1. Do try to get your money’s worth, especially with quick service and snacks. For quick service meals, try to get the most expensive item on the menu.  With snacks, try to get the most value for your money.  The upper price range for snacks is usually $5-$6, which is a better value than a $2-$3 Mickey bar.
  2. Do look for a variety of places to eat. There are hundreds of places to eat at Walt Disney World. You could try a different place every day and still not repeat, unless you want to.
  3. Do look for a variety of Quick Service restaurants. You are not limited to hamburgers and chicken nuggets.  You have a whole world of delicacies to eat. You can try French food at Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, or a shwarma platter in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot.
  4. Do look for value in table service restaurants.  You want to look for an average adult entree  costing between $20-$25 at a plated restaurant.  Also, take advantage of buffets. Boma is a good non-character buffet.
  5. Do take advantage of Character meals.  They will save you time and are a good value for a credit, except for Cinderella’s Royal Table. This one would be better served paying out of pocket for.IMG_2961
  6. Do try a Signature restaurant at one of the Deluxe resorts. They do cost two table service credits, but are well worth it.
  7. Do eat at resort restaurants.  It is a way to visit a different resort and try out their menus.
  8. Do have fun. Using the dining plan takes the worry out of budgeting for food.
  9. Do make ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations), especially for popular restaurants.
  10. And lastly, DO take advantage of the Free Dining promotions whenever they are offered.

Now, it’s your turn.

What are your Top Tips for the Disney Dining Plan? 

Tip Tuesday- Disney Dining Plan Don’ts

13 Aug

On to my continuing series on the Disney Dining Plan. We have already gone over the basics of the Disney Dining Plan.  Now I would like to talk about the Top Ten Don’ts of the Dining Plan.

 The Top Ten Don’t of the Dining Plan

  1. Don’t use snack credits for bottled water. You can get a free cup of water at any Quick Service restaurant. It is a Disney rule and a Florida Law.
  2. Don’t use the Table Service credits for inexpensive meals, like lunch at the Plaza Restaurant.
  3. Don’t leave any credits unused.  You paid for the credits, you should use them all.
  4. Don’t wait to book your ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations). The more popular ones, like Chef Mickey’s, Ohana and Be Our Guest, fill up quickly.
  5. Don’t waste your credits on snacks that you can easily get at home.
  6. Don’t waste your Quick Service credits on breakfast.
  7. Don’t order a QS meal if you are not going to eat it. Many meals can be split, so you can save the credits for another day.
  8. Don’t order desserts if you do not want it, especially at table service restaurants. The extra money increases your tip. Also, don’t feel you have to get a dessert with your QS meal. You can ask for bottled water or a bottled juice instead.
  9. Don’t overindulge. You do not want to feel horrible during your trip because you ate too much.
  10. And lastly, Don’t forget to get the FREE Dining Special Offer for the Fall.

Today’s Takeaway: Use the dining plan wisely and make those reservations early.

Now it is your turn. What are your Top Ten Don’ts of the Dining plan?

Tip Tuesday- Disney Dining Plan snacks

29 Jul

You have added the dining plan to your trip and now you have loads of snack credits and want to “spend” them wisely. I have some tips for you. As a lover of Disney snacks and Disney food in general, I have had my share of snacks, good and bad.

Here are some of my favorite snacks and why they are worth the credit.

  1. ImageCupcakes- These are not your average cupcakes. These are massive, enough to

split cupcakes. My favorite cupcakes are the ones from Starring Rolls in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, especially the Butterfinger cupcake.

2. A Dole Whip Float – It is a pineapple explosion. If you do not want to get the float, I would head over to the Polynesian Resort and get one at Captain Cook’s Quick Service, where you can serve your own.

3. Ice cream cookie sandwich- This snack is two snacks in one. You get two fresh baked cookies with two scoops of ice cream smooshed between. You can get these at Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Scoops in Hollywood Studios.

4. Pretzels- These are great portable snacks. There are “mickey-shaped” pretzels, jalepeno cheese stuffed pretzels and cream cheese pretzels. You can also get a sweet pretzels with or without almonds at Kringla Og Bakery at the Norway pavilion in Epcot.

5.  Various snacks and treats from the World Showcase pavilion in Epcot. From salted caramels and school bread to kaki gori and the American Dream, each pavilion has something unique and very delicious for a snack credit.

Honorable Mention:  You can also use snack credits for a cup of soup or chili, egg rolls and other non-dessert related snacks. Most items around $5 are usually a snack credit.

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Most snacks are labeled with a purple and white Disney Dining Plan symbol. Make sure to check with a cast member if the snack does not have the Disney Dining Plan symbol.

Today’s Takeaway: Make sure to check with a cast member to see if your snack may be on the Disney Dining Plan if it is not.

What is your favorite Disney snack?

Tip Tuesday- Disney Dining Plan

16 Jul

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What is the Disney Dining Plan you ask?

Well it is a way for Walt Disney World resort guests to prepay for their meals in one lump sum, for the course of their trip.  There are two attitudes on the dining plan, one is that they love it, and the other thinks it’s a waste of money.  I am going to focus on the group who loves it.

Why do people love the dining plan so much?

Mostly, because of the convenience of the plan.  You don’t have to carry money with you in the parks. You don’t have to pinch pennies to eat while you’re at the park. You won’t go hungry, because there will be plenty of food available. Depending on the tier of the dining plan, you may have way too much food to ever think about eating.

Tiers, what are they you ask?

They are different levels of the dining plan.  They are Quick Service dining, plus Dining, Deluxe Dining, Premium and Platinum.

Quick Service Dining

The Quick Service dining plan allows guests 2 counter service meals and a snack per day. They also get a refillable resort mug for use at their resort for the length of their stay.  You can eat at places like Pizza Planet at Hollywood Studios, Pecos Bills at the Magic Kingdom, Flame Tree Barbecue at the Animal Kingdom, and Katsura Grill at Epcot, for example.  There are thousands of places to eat and you do not need to eat hot dogs and burgers on your trip, unless you want to.

Plus Dining (which is the basic Dining Plan)

The Plus Dining plan allows guests one counter service meal, one table service meal and one snack a day. They also get the refillable mug.  You are responsible for paying the gratuities for the table service meals. This is great for Character meals, buffets and unique dining experiences.

Deluxe Dining

The Deluxe Dining plan allows for three meals a day and 2 snacks. The meals can be quick service or table service. You also get the refillable mugs. This plan is great for Signature restaurants like Le Cellier, and Cinderella’s Royal Table or if you like more sit down meals.

Premium Plan

The Premium plan is more than a dining plan. It is a Disney experience plan. It allows for 1 breakfast, lunch and dinner and 2 snacks per day. You also get the refillable mugs.  So if you want to try out Victoria & Albert’s, this would be the plan to get.  You also get to use the recreational facilities as much as you want to.

Platinum Plan

The Platinum plan is the same as the Premium plan but you can also get a spa treatment.

Most dining plans have great snack options and a way to get your money’s worth, especially with quick service meals. Look for an upcoming post about getting your money’s worth on the dining plan.

Do they ever offer it for free?

ImageAt certain times throughout the year Walt Disney World offers Free Dining for certain packages. Currently, they are offering free dining for travel dates from September 2 to September 25.  For stays at the Value resorts: the All Star resorts, Pop Century and Art of Animation, free quick service dining is offered and for stays at Deluxe and Moderate resorts, free plus Dining is offered. Both of these options can be upgraded for a minimal fee.  If you are interested in learning more about the dining plan or this offer, post a comment below.

Now it’s your turn.

So Tell me about your experiences using the dining plan. Do you love it or hate it?

Tip Tuesday – Blog Hop- WDW tickets Revisited

9 Jul

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 Tip Tuesday- Walt Disney World Tickets

You are planning your family’s first Walt Disney World vacation and have no idea where to start.  That is where we come in, your magical Disney Travel Planner. We can make planning your trip easier with our expert knowledge and experience. Also, all of our assistance doesn’t cost you a dime, just a little bit of your time.

So you are ready to go to Walt Disney World and you do not know what type of ticket you want or need to get.  There are many options for tickets available, which can be very confusing for the new Disney traveler.

One Day Ticket-

The most basic ticket is a one day ticket. This year they introduced ticket options for a one day ticket. Now you have choices for a one day ticket. There is a Magic Kingdom only ticket, which is $94 for ages 10+, and $89 for 3-9, an Epcot, Animal Kingdom or Disney Hollywood Studios ticket for $90 for 10+ and $84 for 3-9. You can get a one day Park Hopper ticket for $129 for ages 10+, and $123 for 3-9, or a one day Water Parks and Fun ticket for $149 for ages 10+, and $143 for 3-9, or the works, a one day Park Hopper and Water Parks and Fun ticket for $174 for ages 10+ and $168 for 3-9.

One Day ticket option

Two to Ten Day Base Ticket-

A base ticket option is a one park per day ticket, which means that you can only visit one park a day.  You can leave and come back to the same park, but you cannot visit another park on the same day.  These tickets can have up to ten days added on to them, and the more days added on the cheaper the ticket is per day.  The most cost-effective tickets are 5+ day tickets.  The tickets expire 14 days after first use and is non-transferrable.

Multi-day Ticket Options

Park Hopper option-

The Park Hopper option is an add-on to your base ticket to allow visits to multiple parks in a single day. It is an additional $59 per ticket and is good throughout your ticket length.  This is really good for people who are seasoned Disney travelers, who enjoy visiting their favorite rides and experiences in different parks on the same day. It is also ideal for guests who have dinner reservations at one park, like Le Cellier in EPCOT, but want to visit another park, like Hollywood Studios, beforehand.

Water Parks and Fun option-

The Water Parks and Fun option is an additional add-on to the base ticket, which allows you to visit the water parks and other options throughout the length of your stay or until your ticket expires, whichever comes first.  It is an additional $59 per ticket.  You can visit Blizzard Beach and/or Typhoon Lagoon water parks, and the “and Fun” includes DisneyQuest, the golf courses, miniature golf courses (before 4 pm) among other perks.

You can add both the Water Park and Fun and the Park Hopper options for $84 per ticket, which is a good deal, since the water park tickets are $50 for a one day ticket, and DisneyQuest is $40 per person.  It is a really good deal, especially if you like to be flexible and want to see and do everything.

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